Book Cheap International Flights to Ethiopia
You can now travel easily and cheaply to Ethiopia, one of Africa’s most vastly beautiful countries. Find cheap international flights landing in Addis Ababa – the capital city and international travel hub of this fascinating African nation.
Book direct flights from Johannesburg and discover a country with epic, undulating landscapes, rare wildlife, ancient history and spirituality dating back to the Neolithic era. Ethiopia is unlike any other nation on the continent.
The Best Time to Book Cheap International Flights to Ethiopia
The tropical Ethiopian climate is characterised by two seasons: the dry and the wet season. The high season in Ethiopia falls from January – March, and is the country’s busiest period. With long sunny days, little rain and high temperatures, this time of year is best to visit for game viewing and experiencing the country’s ancient festivals of Timkat and Leddet.
The quieter ‘shoulder season’ from October – December is also a good time to visit the county. With little rain and cooler temperatures, it’s an ideal period for mountain trekking and wild flower viewing. In general, Ethiopia is hot and sunny, so don’t forget sunscreen!
Cheapest Flights from Johannesburg to Ethiopia
Book Cheap Flights from Ethiopia, with the Following Airlines
Bole International Airport, located in Addis Ababa, is a major port-of-call for numerous world-class airlines that service Ethiopia and many direct international flight routes. Some of these airlines include:
- Air Djibouti
- Egypt Air
- Ethiopian Airlines
- Fly Dubai
- Gulf Air
- Kenya Airways
- Qatar Airways
- Sudan Airways
- South African Airways
- Turkish Airlines
International Airports in Ethiopia
Operated by Ethiopian Airways Enterprise, Bole International was established in 1992 and since then has undergone a number of extensive refurbishments and expansions to accommodate the large aircraft and extensive services it offers today. In 2003, Bole International also became host to Africa’s largest airport passenger terminal.
Getting To and From the Airport and Exploring Ethiopia
From Bole International, travellers have access to a mini bus service that runs from the airport from 6am – 8pm. This affordable service delivers travellers to the Piazza district, Mexico Square and Meskal Square.
Alternatively, there are metred taxi services on offer, just keep in mind taxies are often pricier quoted in US Dollars. The mini bus and taxi services are the safest and most reliable forms of transport getting to and from the airport.
To get around Addis Ababa and other large cities, it’s highly recommended that travellers use the local mini bus service. Mini bus ‘conductors’ are usually very helpful and will guide you if in doubt.
Taxi services are also recommended. It’s advisable to ask your hotel what the usual fare estimate is, then agree on a price with your driver before accepting a charge.
Finally, Bajajs, or motorised rickshaws are also a travel option and are common in many towns. This is a very cheap form of travel and a great way to get to know the local pace of life!
Top Tourist Attractions, Places of Interest and Events in the City
Addis Ababa is a sprawling city and the country’s commercial and cultural hub. As a backdrop to this buzzing city, travellers are greeted by Mount Entoto, while popular regions to explore include Meskal Square and the Piazza district, well-known for its jazz cafes.
Other top sight to see include:
- The National Museum of Ethiopian Art, Crafts & Prehistoric Fossils
- Holy Trinity Cathedral
- Yekatit 12 Square
- Tiglachin Monument
- Meskal Square
Food in Ethiopia
Characteristically, Ethiopian cuisine is packed with delicious flavours and spices, and consists largely of vegetables, legumes and spicy meat dishes. With both Middle Eastern and Orthodox Christian influences, much of their traditional dishes are based around fasting periods and the Lent season.
Many traditional dishes are vegan friendly, while local dishes to try include:
- Wat – a thick, spicy stew (hold the back on this if spice is not your thing!)
- Injera – a large sourdough flatbread made from fermented teff flour
- Fatira – a large fried pancake served with honey, a popular breakfast in Ethiopia
- Tibs – grilled meat and vegetables in spices
Know What Visa You Need Before You Book Cheap Flights to Ethiopia
Most nationalities from across the globe can obtain a one-month visa to enter Ethiopia upon arrival at Bole International Airport. Generally the process is simple and painless. If you plan on entering Ethiopia over land while travelling across Africa, you must obtain your visa beforehand.
If applying for a visa beforehand, remember to do so at least a month in advance due to paperwork and visa processing times.
Fun and Interesting Facts about Ethiopia
- Addis Ababa is the highest capital city in Africa, sitting at 2,400 metres above sea level
- Over 80 individual languages are spoken throughout the country
- The oldest fossil of early man was discovered in Ethiopia, and is named ‘Lucy’
- Ethiopia is home to the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Africa
- Ethiopia works off a calendar with 13 months, while they also use their own distinct alphabet
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